ALPHA Surface/Vault version

Product Overview

The standard product of the ALPHA family is a low-noise, three component seismometer designed to be deployed in vaults or shallow surface installations. Its flat frequency response covers a large part of the seismic band from 120 seconds to 150 Hertz. Its intrinsic noise level lies below the New Low Noise Model (NLNM) from 200 sec to approximately 20 Hz. To achieve such a low noise performance the instrument's mechanical section and the feedback electronics each have their own isolated and hermetically sealed enclosures.

The seismometer can be operated within a tilt range of +/- 5.0 degrees. Its sensors' mass controls (unlock/lock/center) are micropocessor driven and can be fully operated remotely. The instrument is shielded against external magnetic disturbances by a Mu-metal sheet inside its casing. 

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ALPHA Surface/Vault version

Key Features

Instrument Design

- Classical orthogonal sensor topology with sensor axes pointing in the three cardinal directions.

- Fine pitched adjustable feet manufactured from phosphor bronze.

- Shielded against external magnetic disturbances by mu-metal inside the casing

- Doubled nested feed back loop.

Instrument Characteristics

- Flat frequency response from 0.008333 Hz (120 seconds) to 150 Hz.

- Offered in a whole range of sensitivities from 2*750 to 2*10,000 V/m/s (differential output)

- Operational range within +/- 5.0 degrees of tilt.

- Cross axis rejection >-75dB.


- Rugged housing made from 316 stainless steel material.

- Weight 14.5 kg.

- Dimensions: outer diameter 16.5 cm, height 28.4 cm

- Waterproof as per IP68 standard.

 Power and Electronics

- Power consumption < 1 Watt within the operating range from 9 to 36 Volt.

- Input power is protected against reversed polarity.

- The whole electronic circuitry is two stage galvanically isolated.

To obtain a detailed data sheet for this seismometer, please contact Gaiacode Headquarters

 Disclaimer: The product specifications and the stated data are subject to change without prior notice.

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